It's quite obvious that the Mousedom of Britain is mimicking the actual, humanBritish Empire; it wouldn't be a stretch to say there are thousands of British[insert species here]doms and such.
They got to the line ending in "that's that" while near him and stopped for a second, hoping he'd try to finish the rhyme and be drunk enough to make the wrong choice. If a villain song does ensue every time Ratigan has a new plan, which is likely, then maybe it's a secret tradition among the mooks to pick a noob they find particularly annoying and try to get him to press Ratigan's Berserk Button in song.
- They sure seemed pretty upset when he got eaten, though — they take off their hats, and one can be seen wiping away tears. Afterward, they're noticeably reluctant to start the song again.
- Ratigan wrote the song himself and choreographed the dance routine as a deathtrap. His intention, beyond simple ego-stroking, is that someone would mess up and say Rat. It's a symbol of his control over his mooks and continually provides him with victims. Ratigan is just that much of a sociopath.
- Let's add a great deal to this: somebody figured this out. Not one somebody, two somebodies. The two most intelligent characters in the movie: Basil and Ratigan. First, Basil. I'm not the first one to point out that Basil, throughout the whole movie, is misnaming Olivia on purpose. Wanna be sure ? He calls Mr Faversham by his correct name. So the idea would be that he knows Olivia is not "truly" Mr Flaversham's daughter and is accentuating it by not naming both of them the same way. As for Ratigan, for some reason, he attempts to kill both Dawson and Basil, but not Olivia. That's because he knows it's useless.
Since The Great Mouse Detective has a parallel universe (with mice) existing within the same universe. There is probably one mouse to each human. So it may make sense if Hiram's human counterpart was the Toymaker for that store. Yet the store if not simply closed, seemed abandoned? Why? Maybe Moriarty kidnapped him ;D
And the point is - rats are heavily intolerated by mice due to Black Plague. Ratigan wants just to change that.
And was ostracised while there, because he was the only rat. He does seem to have a hatred for orphans in particular- possibly because they remind him of his childhood, and remembering orphans reminds him of the fact he's insisting on being a "big mouse" because of the stigma attached to his species. It seems likely he was probably bullied and/or widely feared while there. Then he probably killed them all.
- If Toby was a bulldog in the original Sherlock Holmes stories, Disney might have changed it to a bloodhound because of the negative stereotype associated with bulldogs.
- They are somehow connected to the mice from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
- For some fans, it may apply that at least the mice in The Nutcracker Prince are also maybe connected to the Mouse World too, but this is this troper's guess.
- The author and fellow troper Surenity has three stories with this same idea, Basil's American Tail and Olivia Goes West (which moves GMD up about ten years), and Abigail and the Rats of NIMH, which is in the 80's.
- Imagine the possibilities!
- Jossed. It wasn't in Dream Drop Distance, but it's still possible that it will show up in a future Kingdom Hearts game.